Hand-carved from soapstone in Kenya, this chess set features 32 delicate pieces in a animal theme on a 15-inch square board. As each piece is hand carved from natural stone, please allow for some variations in color and design....more
Hand-carved from soapstone in Kenya, this chess set features 32 delicate pieces in a animal theme on a 15-inch square board. As each piece is hand carved from natural stone, please allow for some variations in color and design.
Colors: White, pink
Dimensions: Tallest piece- 3.5 inches tall x 25 mm wide x 25 mm deep
Board dimensions: 15 inches wide x 15 inches deep x 5 mm thick
Age recommendation: Adult
Number of players: 2
Includes: 32 pieces and board
Story Behind the Art:
This piece is carved by the artists of SMOLArt a group of artists who live in the rural village of Tabaka, Kenya, the heart of soapstone crafts. The name, a shortened version of Small, Medium, and Large Artists, refers to the size of the wholesale soapstone products the artisans make, not their stature. Established in 1990, SMOLArt is a member of the WFTO, and as such assures that the artisans are paid a fair price for their work. In addition, the organization support community development by contributing to projects that improve living conditions, education, and health of their members and the village at large.
The handcrafted touch of artisan skill creates variations in color, size and design. If buying two of the same item, slight differences should be expected. Note: Color discrepancies may occur between this product and your computer screen.
This chess set is lovely to display and the soapstone pieces feel smooth and are a pleasure to handle. But be sure to check your shipment carefully because the pieces are fragile and the board, which is heavy, is also very fragile and will not tolerate much bumping or knocking. My order arrived well-packed and without any noticeable dents in the box, the board protected by several layers of packing and it was still cracked. They replaced it immediately, and it was worth the effort to have a set I not only like to look at, but like to play with.
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